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by Mkoll
Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:34 am
Forum: Dhammaduta (Dhamma propagation)
Topic: Collecting Gold Dust by Sayadaw U Tejaniya
Replies: 2
Views: 344

Re: Collecting Gold Dust by Sayadaw U Tejaniya

Thank you for sharing this.

:anjali:
by Mkoll
Fri Aug 09, 2019 11:33 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Best book about history of Buddhism?
Replies: 9
Views: 302

Re: Best book about history of Buddhism?

Rupert Gethin's The Foundations of Buddhism gives a good overview of Buddhism in general. It doesn't have Buddhist histories of all the countries you listed though; I don't think such a book exists.
by Mkoll
Tue Aug 06, 2019 3:38 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Skeptical of Samsara
Replies: 34
Views: 824

Re: Skeptical of Samsara

Firstly, I should note that I am not myself a Buddhist, but have developed a keen interest in the teachings. However, time and time again a major issue keeps popping up, which is that it seems to me that overall Dhamma rests on the reality of Samsara. That is, without Samsara actually being the cas...
by Mkoll
Sun Aug 04, 2019 10:55 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Monasteries in and around California?
Replies: 3
Views: 226

Re: Monasteries in and around California?

Abhayagiri in Northern California is great. Been there a number of times. Forest setting, you get your own kuti and walking path to practice in, good Vinaya, good people. I think I found it through Google.
by Mkoll
Sun Jul 28, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Connections to Other Paths
Topic: Why so much hostility towards Baby Boomer Buddhists?
Replies: 48
Views: 1473

Re: Why so much hostility towards Baby Boomer Buddhists?

I've been listening to Buddhist interviews and reading articles lately that has led me to believe there is a wave of millennial anger towards Baby Boomers, blaming them for holding back the future of Buddhism. At first I thought it was a joke -- but it appears not to be. Someone please enlighten me...
by Mkoll
Fri Jul 26, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: No right or wrong (karma)
Replies: 47
Views: 990

Re: No right or wrong (karma)

:goodpost: By the way, don't think that this kamma-tracking system is a far-fetched idea. Right now, if you're a STEM guy working for some corporate America's high tech companies, then Big Brother is logging every single key stroke, every single mouse click you're doing at your desk job. You'd bett...
by Mkoll
Wed Jul 24, 2019 2:48 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Myanmar Meditation Visa Update
Replies: 2
Views: 210

Re: Myanmar Meditation Visa Update

Thank you for sharing this Bhante.
by Mkoll
Sun Jul 21, 2019 4:14 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?
Replies: 78
Views: 1824

Re: Can I still follow the path without being buddhist/religious?

Hello, I'm not sure if buddhism with all the bowing and chanting and rituals is for me.I use to be very self reliant on inner qualities like my own virtue and kind deeds but now tried to go to external things and don't feel authentic. I don't feel really inspired when I visit temples or monasteries...
by Mkoll
Sun Jul 14, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong?
Replies: 67
Views: 1456

Re: What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong?

What is the destination of the people who get Buddha's teachings wrong? I don't think anyone can give a answer to this question that generally applies to everybody. Each individual case will be different because there are many other determining factors However, I think we say that there is a correc...
by Mkoll
Tue Jul 09, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: Theravāda for Beginners
Topic: Hello, I need help understanding "desire"
Replies: 24
Views: 837

Re: Hello, I need help understanding "desire"

Hi, First of all, sorry if this a very intellectual question. Although I'm a beginner, I love Buddhist teachings and they have a profound impact in my life. These days I find myself struggling trying to understand what "desire" means in Theravada tradition. I understand that "desire" is one of the ...
by Mkoll
Sun Jun 30, 2019 10:45 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Accepting pain and avoiding it at the same time
Replies: 15
Views: 469

Re: Accepting pain and avoiding it at the same time

This reminds me of one of Ajahn Chah's disciples. Once I had a disciple who stayed in a grass-roofed hut. It rained often that rainy season and one day a strong wind blew off half the roof. He did not bother to fix it, just let it rain in. Several days passed and I asked him about his hut. He said h...
by Mkoll
Mon Jun 24, 2019 2:15 am
Forum: Family Life and Relationships
Topic: Emotional intimacy only for couples? Why is it not needed?
Replies: 25
Views: 1416

Re: Emotional intimacy only for couples? Why is it not needed?

“Therefore they are happy and free from grief, Who are without love for anything in the world, Therefore those wanting what is griefless, dust-free, Should not have love for anything in the world” Thank you, I have read the above and would like to start practicing the Dhamma. But I have some questi...
by Mkoll
Wed Jun 19, 2019 3:47 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Does a Buddha Suffer after Enlightenment
Replies: 116
Views: 3760

Re: Karma is everything!

I've loosely followed your discussion, santa and Sam. I don't think this sutta has been mentioned yet. It may help clarify things. At Savatthī. Then the Venerable Kaccanagotta approached the Blessed One, paid homage to him, sat down to one side, and said to him: “Venerable sir, it is said, ‘right vi...
by Mkoll
Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Are Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha a product of Mara?
Replies: 43
Views: 1816

Re: Are Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha a product of Mara?

Are Buddha, Dhamma, and Sangha a product of Mara? As others have said: yes, in a sense. Though I wouldn't use the phrase "product of Mara" because it has inappropriate connotations. It's in the same sense that awakening necessarily comes from a starting place of ignorance or that the end of dukkha ...
by Mkoll
Thu May 23, 2019 2:37 am
Forum: Ordination and Monastic Life
Topic: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)
Replies: 38
Views: 2143

Re: Preparing to stay at a Monastery, to experience the lifestyle for a while :)

Greetings Manas, Excellent news. If there's any way I can be of assistance in this process, don't hesitate to ask. :buddha1: Metta, Paul. :) Thanks Paul, because with so many options, i feel a bit out of my depth here, in making a decision. Even if we could just meet in person some time to discuss ...